Bang On Records Voice Lessons and Guitar Lessons

September 2018 Vlog Blog

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Is it okay to use your thumb to play guitar?

Paul answers a question frequently asked by beginner guitarists: "Is it okay to use your thumb to play guitar?" Don't miss this!

Beginning guitarists often ask "is it okay (or is cheating) to use the thumb" when fretting chords?

Some experienced guitar players have strong opinions about this and say it's not okay. They feel it's cheating or that it's incorrect and not proper. But is it okay?

Why would it be wrong? And if you want to use your thumb, how can you increase your flexibility so you can do it well?

Watch this video and take charge of your left-hand fretting options.

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Keep on pickin'

Paul Biondi
Guitar Q and A